Weather has always been unpredictable, but recent weather patterns have only made it more so. Your winter preparedness should provide for the real possibility of getting snowed in, even if your area historically does not receive much precipitation.
A single winter storm can derail normal life, piling several feet of snow on roads, literally imprisoning you for anywhere between a few days to even weeks. Power outages may add to the trouble. And just when you think things can’t get any worse, some medical emergency might crop up.
1. Check your snow busters
Check your regular equipment for dealing with the snow in your walkway and drive, and get them out of storage well before it arrives. Snow shovels and plenty of rock salt and or other chemical de-icing compounds are a must, as you cannot depend on an electrically operated snow blower if there’s a power outage. Make sure you have plenty of fuel in stock if you’re using a gas-powered one. These machines need to be serviced well in advance, too.
2. Do a bit of cleaning around the house
The roof and gutters should be cleared of dead leaves and accumulated debris to prevent seepage and backup of water that can damage the roofing and the walls. If tree branches are growing over the roof, check for risk of breakage, and do a bit of proactive pruning. Get loose roof tiles and other potential weak points fixed.
3. Check the waterlines
All exposed pipes and faucets, including the lawn watering system, should be drained of water to avoid pipe bursts and leaks due to frost damage. Make sure that the internal network of water pipes is well-insulated.